States of Poetry 2016 - New South Wales | 'November now' by Pam Brown

on the first night
coo coo cooroo
falsetto blues singer

       blinded by the hurt
       coz I'm
       blinded by the hurt

troubled refrain 
slowly building
backing singers

       it's intersubjective
       I
       join them
coo coo cooroo

blinded by the hurt
repeat

             *

anti day
everyday
     partly cloudy
     in Wiley Park

Jan
   'taught the Beats'
     to a secular mix
     at Wiley Park
     Girls High School

after her job
on Tribune,
     communist newspaper

here am I
     in
     the train

'this train
will stop
at
Wiley Park'

Jan
       & her whiskeys
       & crime novels

               *

the way
             cloud
             banks

                   *

this sign -
       do not visit
       after heavy rain
       risk of tree failure          

glue gum
     eucalypt haze
     blue gumski
karrabin
bundjalung
red gum

                 *

I can't
help you

               *

third floor -
     is every woman
       on the third floor
       here
       for a mammogram?

               *

there
     a little poem
     tucked
     at the end
of the lifestyle supplement

just a bit bigger
     than
     a horoscope chunk

to give it its due

               *

I can't
help you

               *

     going going
koala
powerful owl
gang gang

coo coo cooroo

               *

documentary –
       the teabag tag
       jiggler dangling
       from
Noam Chomsky's
cup

       endearing

               *

troubled refrain

     real life
     tastes plastic
     anyway

repeat

 

Pam Brown

Pam Brown

Pam Brown

Pam Brown is a dedicated professional amateur who has published many books, chapbooks and an e-book. She has been actively involved in a diverse gamut of poetic activity since the 1970s. Pam is a contributing editor for several magazines and independent publishers, most recently, for Cordite Poetry Review. In 2014 she edited ten booklets of new transnational poetry, the deciBels series, for Vagabond Press. Vagabond published her new collection, Missing up, in December 2015. A bilingual edition of her poems, Alibis, translated into French by Jane Zemiro, was published by Société Jamais-Jamais in 2014. She lives in Alexandria in Sydney.